VOL. 7, NO. 4
November/December 2004

Dear Readers:

In this issue of The Defender, we have a new guest writer, Bertha Peralta. Bertha, like Juan Rodriguez, is a member of the Defenders of The Holy Trinity. Both are young adults deeply involved in their faith, working as youth leaders in New York City. Bertha’s article is addressed to the youth and young adult ministers but it pertains to all of us. In this ‘Year of the Eucharist’ her article is especially appropriate.

We have also included an article by Juan called Faith in Christ Crucified. I have read his article at least four times. Each time I learn something new. Juan has a unique way of making us look at what we see every day from an entirely new perspective – a perspective based upon Faith.

If we had a name for this particular newsletter I would call it ‘The Loving Spouse’ newsletter. If asked, the average married man will admit that his loving spouse is both his most ardent supporter and at times his severest critic – especially if the man is doing something to embarrass himself or his family. In this issue, we write as an ardent supporter about some of our bishops (our own Bishop Schmitt and Bishop Sheen); however, we also write of the bishops (Minus 12) within the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaking as one of their harshest critics. We regret we must write in this manner, but Church law instructs the faithful they have the right, indeed at times the duty, in keeping with their knowledge, competence, and position, to manifest to the sacred pastors (bishops) their views on matters concerning the good of the Church. They have the right also to make their views known to others of Christ’s faithful, but in doing so must always respect the integrity of faith and morals and take into account both the common good and the dignity of the individuals. (Canon law 212) The two articles concerning the USCCB (one written by Mary Ann Kreitzer) contain e-mails from viewers of the latest conference. They honestly express the viewpoints of devout Catholics which should be of concern to the bishops.

Our Modern Day Saint article in this issue is about Bishop Sheen who during his lifetime was responsible for an untold number of converts. And he is still bringing about conversions through his books and videos. As he said, through radio and television he was able to address a greater audience in half-an-hour than Paul did in all the years of his missionary life. Pray for his Veneration.

Our Letters to the Editor include a letter from a priest who is very pleased with our publication as well as an e-mail stating our web site has been reviewed by CatholicCulture.org -- and has earned the "Fidelity Green Light Award for Excellence in Catholic Fidelity". We are very pleased with both letters.

Jim Fritz

CC Most Reverend Bishop Bernard W. Schmitt

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